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Duke PearsonHoney Buns ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Very Good+ ... $19.99
An excellent Duke Pearson album – and (dare we say it?) better than any of his Blue Note LPs! The record features a very tight lineup with Johnny Coles on trumpet, Garnett Brown on trombone, Les Spann on flute, James Spaulding on alto, and George Coleman on tenor – all players who are well suited to Pearson's warm funky style on the piano, but who also have a strong modernist sensibility that really comes through on the solos. The album is filled with nice tracks – like "New Girl", "Honeybuns", "Heavy Legs", and the fantastic lyrical groover "Is That So", plus "You Know I Care" and "Our Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Florian Pellissier QuintetBiches Bleues ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy ... $13.99
The title might sound like a Miles Davis homage, but the record is something else entirely – a really warm, wonderful set of spiritually-tinged jazz tracks – served up with a very classic vibe! The group's led by pianist Florian Pellissier, who also wrote most of the tracks on the set – and the music's got this sense of color and flow that's completely sublime – modes that are almost in the current Blue Note world of Robert Glasper or some of his contemporaries, especially in the way that Pellissier blocks out his chords – but with a vibe that's often more old school too, especially when the music takes off with the trumpet of Yann Loustalot and tenor of Christophe Panzani. Both players are great, and know how to soar at all the right moments – and titles include "J'Ai Du Rever", "Cinq Minutes Avant La Fin", "Dance Cadaverous", "Six Jours Apres La Guerre", and "Biches Bleues". CD
Also available Biches Bleues ... LP 19.99

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Florian Pellissier QuintetBiches Bleues ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
The title might sound like a Miles Davis homage, but the record is something else entirely – a really warm, wonderful set of spiritually-tinged jazz tracks – served up with a very classic vibe! The group's led by pianist Florian Pellissier, who also wrote most of the tracks on the set – and the music's got this sense of color and flow that's completely sublime – modes that are almost in the current Blue Note world of Robert Glasper or some of his contemporaries, especially in the way that Pellissier blocks out his chords – but with a vibe that's often more old school too, especially when the music takes off with the trumpet of Yann Loustalot and tenor of Christophe Panzani. Both players are great, and know how to soar at all the right moments – and titles include "J'Ai Du Rever", "Cinq Minutes Avant La Fin", "Dance Cadaverous", "Six Jours Apres La Guerre", and "Biches Bleues". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Biches Bleues ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Jimmy PonderJump ... CD
Muse, 1989. Used ... $13.99
Surprisingly sweet grooves from guitarist Jimmy Ponder – one of the few from the jazz funk generation who kept on going strong into the 80s! Jimmy's sound here is nicely laidback – a nice change from his smoother albums of a few years before, and set up in an almost-classic sort of mode with John Patton on organ! The sound isn't as hard-wailing as a Blue Note date from the 60s, but it's also pretty good too – nicely chromatic, and really showing the change in Ponder's approach to the guitar over the years – informed with a bit of Wes Montgomery phrasing, but still grooving overall. Patton's organ is never too dynamic, but always nice –a nd other players include James Anderson on tenor, Geary Moore on rhythm guitar, Eddie Gladden on drums, and Lawrence Killian on percussion. Titles include "I'll Always Be There", "Jump", "In A Mellow Tone", "When Love Comes My Way", and "Blues For Betty". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chris PotterUnderground ... CD
Universal (France), 2006. Used ... $6.99
Deeply textural jazz work from saxophonist Chris Potter – working here in a group with Wayne Krantz on guitar, Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes, and Nate Smith on drums! The sound's a bit similar to some of the recent Blue Note generation – soulful one minute, modern the next – with lots of sharp angles on some tracks, alongside deeper colors that sort of burn and bubble up from the bottom. Potter's tenor dominates most numbers, even when blown gently – and despite the presence of keyboards and guitars, there's more of an earthy feel to the set than you might expect. Titles include "Big Top", "The Wheel", "Next Best Western", "Nudnik", "Lotus Blossom", "Underground", and "Yesterday". CD

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Bud PowellStrictly Powell ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good- ... $14.99
Strictly Bud Powell, in the best sense of the word – as the album's a sharp batch of trio tracks recorded for RCA in the 50s, and a great showcase for Bud's firey talents on the piano! The rhythm combo features bold work on drums from Art Taylor, alongside the bass of George Duvivier – but Powell's definitely the leading light here, as the album features some of his tremendously deft work on the keys throughout. There's a nice tension to the material – played with a strength that matches most of Bud's other work from the time – but a bit different than some of his other recordings for Verve and Blue Note. The set features 11 tracks in all – and titles include "Time Was", "Jump City", "Elegy", "Coscrane", and "Topsy Turvy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some masking tape on the top & bottom seam, wear and peeling in one corner.)

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Bud PowellSwingin' With Bud ... CD
RCA/Sony (France), 1957. New Copy ... About March 3, 2017
One of the few Bud Powell sessions cut for RCA, but a brilliantly swinging date that has the pianist working at the height of his powers! There's an edge here that comes through right from the start – an off kilter vibe in both Bud's tone, and even in the way he's vocalizing joyously in the background at a few spots – not singing, but exclaiming – at a level that really helps you feel how much he owns the piano while he's performing! Dark pockets and sharp angles pervade – while still swinging right down the middle – balanced off perfectly with work from Art Taylor on drums and George Duvivier on bass. Tremendous all the way through – and different than Bud's work for Verve and Blue Note – in a really compelling way. Titles include "Another Dozen", "Like Someone In Love", "She", "Oblivion", "Swedish Pastry", and "Birdland Blues". CD

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Quartetto ModernoEcco! ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1999. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the most beautiful jazz recordings we've heard in a long time! Italy's Quartetto Moderno is a vibes-led combo with a classic modal feel – similar to Bobby Hutcherson's pre-new thing years on Blue Note, or some of the early Roy Ayers & Jack Wilson recordings from LA. The sound is extremely captivating, and the main frontline of vibes and piano is augmented on a number of tracks by flute and alto. The set's got a great cover of Paul Horn's lost modal groover "Mr. Bond", plus loads of great originals, like "Giovani D'Oggi", "Il Gioco Delle Parti", "Astro Gange", and "Moderns Dilemma". Very nice stuff, and with a sound and feel that's far more sophisticated than some of the other titles on Schema! CD

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Sun RaSaturn/Mystery Mr Ra (colored vinyl pressing) ... 7-inch
Modern Harmonic, 1958/1984. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $8.99 9.99
Two rare slices of Sun Ra – one of them originally unissued! "Saturn" is a late 50s charmer from the Chicago scene – a tune that bears the same name as Ra's legendary label, and which features fantastic baritone work from Charles Davis and Pat Patrick – on a groove that almost swings more like some Blue Note cut than much of the other Arkestra material! "Mystery Mr Ra" is a great live cut from 1984 – one that begins with a cool chanted vocal, then takes off into a very dark explosion of horns! (Funky 45's, Jazz) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(On colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Freddie ReddExtemporaneous (with bonus track) ... CD
Interplay (Japan), 1978. Used ... $19.99
A real revelation – later work from pianist Freddie Redd, and material that's quite different than his better-known sides of the 50s and 60s! The setting is a solo one, and Freddie's playing with an unbelievable level of sensitivity – a depth of feeling we might never have guessed before, on tunes that are nearly all originals that stand out as really fresh new works. Redd's still got a bit of that broken-down quality we first fell in love with many years back – a personal quality that made his piano work really stand out in the 50s – and which has here matured into a whole new sound again. Titles include "Night Song", "I'm Sorry", "Gateway East", "Blue Notes", "Syncopation Waltz", "For Art's Sake", and "Unfinished Symphony". Also features the bonus track "I'll Keep Loving". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Freddie ReddSan Francisco Suite ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $19.99
Very different work than Freddie Redd's firey albums for Blue Note – a set of trio tunes that are distinctly modern, but done with a much more laidback approach. Freddie's style here has a bit of the late nite barroom feel – with some great blue notes and sadness stepping out from the keys, especially in the album's extended title suite – a beautiful collection of shorter sound poems dedicated to San Francisco. The trio features George Tucker on bass and Al Dreares on drums – and titles include "San Francisco Suite", "Blue Hour", "By Myself", "Nica Steps Out", "Minor Interlude", and "This Is New". CD
(Out of print.)

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Freddie ReddStraight Ahead ... CD
Interplay/Venus (Japan), 1977. Used ... $19.99
A soulful 70s outing from pianist Freddie Redd – one of his few albums as a leader from the decade, and a tight trio outing recorded for the tiny Interplay label! Freddie's touch on the keys here still has some of the modern flourishes of his earlier work for Blue Note – but he's also got a more rounded sound overall, and a more relaxed approach to the piano that makes for a nice change, and which really suits the manner of his trio partners Henry Franklin on bass and Carl Burnett on drums. Titles include a number of great Redd originals – "Play Piano Play", "Waltzing In", "On Time", and "Braziliana" – plus versions of "I'll Keep Loving You" and "Round Midnight". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Dizzy ReeceAsia Minor ... LP
New Jazz, 1962. Very Good ... $149.99
A rare treasure from British trumpeter Dizzy Reece – quite different than his albums at the time for Blue Note! Dizzy's playing here with a style that has a fair bit of exotic touches – not entirely in the Yusef Lateef mode, but definitely with a similar blend of hardbop, soul jazz, and some of the Eastern-styled themes that you might expect from an album entitled Asia Minor. His trumpet is still firmly in the lead, but it's boldness is inflected by some great work from reed players Cecil Payne on baritone and Joe Farrell on tenor sax and flute – making a young appearance here, but already showing a great talent for soulful exploration. The rest of the group features Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Charlie Persip on rhythm – and all players are surprisingly well matched, and led strongly by Reece through a visionary set that includes the titles "The Story Of Love", "The Shadow Of Khan", "Yamask", "Spiritus Parkus", and "Ackmet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a split top seam and spine, with some discoloration along the opening.)

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Gene AmmonsBoss Tenor ... LP
Prestige, 1960. Fair ... $4.99
A soul jazz classic from Gene Ammons – the kind of session that easy made him "boss" on tenor – with a tone and conception that few other players could touch! The set is done in a style that's laidback, but never too loose – bouncing along in that "with conga" style of rhythm that was used strongly at the start of the 60s – with Ray Barretto on percussion, alongside Tommy Flanagan on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The style is nice and echoey – a mode that works well not only here, but on most of the 22 other albums that Ammons went onto record during the next 2 years! Titles include "Close Your Eyes", "Canadian Sunset", "Hittin' The Jug", "Confirmation", and "Blue Ammons". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. Yellow & black label NJ pressing with RVG stamp. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Boss Tenor ... CD 3.99

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JD AllenAmericana – Musings On Jazz & Blues ... CD
Savant, 2016. Used ... $11.99
Quite a powerful little record from JD Allen – billed in the notes as a "blues record", but a set that's got an undeniably spiritual feel – so much so, it might be one of Allen's best records to date! The setting is a trio – with Gregg August on bass and Rudy Royston on drums – and the open format really allows a lot of space for Allen to stretch out and blow with a lot of righteous energy on tenor – hardly in any familiar blues-based mode – and instead, maybe in that key soulful style that John Coltrane hit on his seminal Coltrane Plays The Blues album. Titles include "Another Man Done Gone", "Tell The Truth Shame The Devil", "Lightnin", "Lillie Mae Jones", "Americana", and "Bigger Thomas". CD

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✨✧ Ray BryantAlone With The Blues ... LP
New Jazz/Prestige, 1958. Very Good+ ... $49.99
A very striking album – one of Ray Bryant's most noteworthy of the time! The album features Ray playing solo piano – quite unusual for the period, as most piano jazz records, especially his, were at least cut in a trio format – with additional bass and drums. Yet the approach works wonderfully for Bryant, and unlocks a surprisingly sensitive side of his music – quite different than some of his more soul jazz-styled work of the period. Ray's wonderfully unfettered here – hitting grooves with a level of expression and sophistication that far surpasses most of his other records. The intimate time on the keys never gets hokey or overindulgent – but it does let Ray open up and show a side that we've rarely heard on wax. Titles include "Stocking Feet", "Blues #3", "Joy", "Me & The Blues", and "My Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing, with RVG stamp. Cover has light wear and some pen on back.)

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Major HolleyDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Excuse Me Ludwig ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1977. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Major Holley's a hell of a bassist – one who's soulful sound is probably best-remembered behind organist Shirley Scott in the early 60s, and a player who really does a great job of bringing older modes forward with fresh twists in later generations too! This mid 70s session is an overlooked portrait of Holley's genius – as some moments almost recall the late 40s sound of Slam Stewart, particularly in the way the Major works out sweeter notes – while others have a wider sort of Eldee Young quality – as melodic as rhythmic, but always nicely complicated, yet in an organic way. Holley often sings alongside his bass – again like Stewart or Young, but with a vibe that's almost more like some of the 70s electric players, even though he's playing acoustic – and there's also some lyrical moments that maybe have some of the path forward that Red Mitchell was also taking on the European scene of the 70s. Holley's not the only strength here – as the trio also features very strong work from Gerry Wiggins on piano, who's in a great sort of setting here that brings out some different sounds. Drummer Oliver Jackson is the final member of the group – and titles include "Lamb Stew For Slam", "Excuse Me Ludwig", "Salty Mama Cassoulet", "Willow Weep For Me", "Raincheck", and "Like Someone In Love". CD features three unissued tracks – including "Stolen Sweets" and "This Is The End Of A Beautiful Friendship" – plus an alternate of "Excuse Me Ludwig". CD

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✨✧ Wynton KellyKelly Blue ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $2.99
A great little session from Wynton Kelly – one that has him breaking out of the lyrical roots of his trio work, and hitting some harder notes as a leader of a larger hardbop group! The album features Kelly working in both trio and sextet format – the latter with players who include Nat Adderley, Bobby Jaspar, and Benny Golson; and the former with Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb (who also play with the sextet). The sextet tracks are the ones that we really love here – as they tend to feature 2 long original numbers by Kelly – much more open than usual, and in a mode that was rarely captured as well on Wynton's albums as a leader. The trio sides are still nice too, though – although a bit more like some of his other sides – and the album features 6 tracks in all, titles that include "Kelly Blue", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Green Dollphin Street", "Keep It Moving", and "Old Clothes". CD
Also available Kelly Blue ... LP 9.99

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Wynton KellyKelly Blue ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good ... $9.99
A great little session from Wynton Kelly – one that has him breaking out of the lyrical roots of his trio work, and hitting some harder notes as a leader of a larger hardbop group! The album features Kelly working in both trio and sextet format – the latter with players who include Nat Adderley, Bobby Jaspar, and Benny Golson; and the former with Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb (who also play with the sextet). The sextet tracks are the ones that we really love here – as they tend to feature 2 long original numbers by Kelly – much more open than usual, and in a mode that was rarely captured as well on Wynton's albums as a leader. The trio sides are still nice too, though – although a bit more like some of his other sides – and the album features 6 tracks in all, titles that include "Kelly Blue", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Green Dollphin Street", "Keep It Moving", and "Old Clothes". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)
Also available Kelly Blue ... CD 2.99

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Howard McGheeDusty Blue ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the best of the early 60s comeback albums by the legendary bop trumpeter Howard McGhee – and a record that really has the player finding a whole new groove in his music! At this point, Maggie's got a fantastic tone that was missing from his earlier records, filled with pain and raw emotion – but also measured with a maturity that gives his solos an incredible sense of economy that delivers a whole hell of a lot with just a few simple notes – a balance that comes through beautifully here, maybe even more so than on any other record by Howard from the time! He's playing here in a great group that includes Roland Alexander on tenor, Bennie Green on trombone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Pepper Adams on baritone – and tracks include "Dusty Blue", "Groovin High", "Cottage For Sale", "Flyin Colors", and "With Malice Towards None". CD
 
 
 



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